Current developments and future perspectives on biotechnology applications of natural deep eutectic systems

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Abstract

Natural Deep Eutectic Systems (NADES) have emerged in the past years as alternative solvents to traditional organic solvents and ionic liquids. NADES are easy to produce, sustainable, biocompatible, eco-friendly, remarkable solubilizing agents, and highly task-specific. The outstanding properties of this new liquid media have attracted the attention of researchers in the last decade in many fields and biotechnology is probably one of the fields where NADES have gained more relevance. Nonetheless, the progress beyond the state of the art in this field is not yet fully explored. Most research papers regarding the use of NADES in biotechnology are related to their use as solubility enhancers for poorly soluble active ingredients, particularly for pharmaceutical applications. However, the applicability of NADES in applications such as cryopreservation, stabilization of proteins and DNA, as well as other biomedical applications, has only recently been explored and presents still a plethora of discoveries to be unravelled. The current developments in this scientific field and future perspectives will be discussed herein.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100731
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry
Volume39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Green chemistry
  • Natural deep eutectic systems

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